If I had a paid subscription, here's where I'd have you pay (in comments with your own experiences). From a comment to a previous post:
I have a question. I am married to a vegetarian, so low carb per se is not possible. Even if it wasn't in India it is quite a bit more difficult to do.
I am trying to reduce my Wheat consumption. Now down to 8 rotis (indian flat bread) per week. It is whole grain.
I am thinking of replacing a few of them with fermented flat breads (aka naan) soon.
I have also increased my butter and ghee (aka butter oil) consumption. I have also increased my meat and egg consumption.
The problem I am facing is that over the weekend when I try to go low carb, for a full day, next morning I have vertigo (not the messy one just head spinning). I guess my brain is going bonkers with no glucose. Is there any solution.
I cannot go completely low carb. And it seems that the liver will not start producing glucose just because I have not had carbs for a day. I have heard that some people need to go at it for a couple of weeks to get their liver to respond.
I could try two days of the weekend tops with low carb diet, but not anymore. Its not practical.
Do you think it is going to be beneficial to try to get into low carb, for this small duration, because I just feel dizzy, and nothing else is happening. Is it possible to get your liver to respond, without going to the long induction period. How long was your induction period?
So, any help, from your own experiences?
Here's my input.
First, I had no idea that naan was fermented. That's good, as a great garlic naan is second to none, and I might cheat with one a few times per year — with a good butter chicken or lamb curry.
As to the low carb, my chief concern is that if your health is normal, zero carb (or low) for a human being is a natural (as differentiated from normal or routine) state of affairs.
in other words, my own natural tendency is to think that, rather than there being something fundamentally wrong with low or zero carb, there's something wrong with me when, in principle, every ancestral person not living in the tropics faced that state of affairs regularly.
The ability is within us.
So, without knowing anything about the individual (his ultimate responsibility), my own personality and drive is such that I would go to the principle: this is programmed within me, and it's only the bugs that exist that are stopping me.
I'd want to conquer it. I'd just simply push through, and a fast might be the best way. If you deprive all nutrition, your body might be more amenable to kicking in gluconeogenesis to get the glucose your brain needs. have you tried a serious water-only fast for 30 hours?
Alternatively, the Atkins induction is a decent way to begin the whole ordeal. It's neither Paleo nor a long term lifestyle, but it will get most people over the hump.
Here's another suggestion from a friend of mine who began this whole thing in dire straights: stay in bed for three days. Seriously. How does one define sickness? If you can't exist without carbs for a few days, aren't you sick? If so, there's no shame in just calling it what it is and bedding down for the 2-3 days needed.
To sun it up, I don't think low or zero carb is in any way a necessary long-term lifestyle unless you're in a metabolic condition (e.g., type 2) that dictates it indefinitely. I'm not necessarily low carb by Atkins standards. Some days are near zero carb, and others, between 100-200. I enjoy mixing things up, but always under the principle of Real Food (naan & rice don't count — those are rare exceptions for me). That said, I could only be slack on the carbs knowing that I could go zero indefinitely.
Obviously, this isn't advice or prescription. It's me, and I hope others take a moment or two to give you (and all the other beginners who'll read this) their perspectives.